Welcome to the 64th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. We’re back from the Turkey Day break and there’s more news than ever: Jeff Zucker takes the reins at CNN; Marissa Mayer is leading a renaissance at Yahoo; and Facebook is shifting its privacy rules — again. But the biggest story is the release of the Leveson Inquiry’s massive report after nine months of testimony, considering new press regulation in the U.K. after the phone-hacking scandal. We talk to MediaShift correspondent Tristan Stewart-Robertson, who says that the Inquiry only wants regulation of mainstream press and is not considering blogging or the rising digital media in Britain.

Plus, we’ve been wowed by a new mashup called The Beat, taking photos from Instagram and placing them where they were taken with Google Earth images. It’s striking to look at hashtags such as #sandy or #drunk. While it’s a fascinating way to give context to Instragram photos, it also brings up privacy issues. Are people sharing too much on photo-sharing sites about their locations? We talk to Rutgers’ Mor Naaman and Abe Stanway about their project.

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Guest Bios

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Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Tristan Stewart-Robertson is a freelance writer based in Glasgow, Scotland, operating as the W5 Press Agency. He has done some work for News International papers such as News of the World and The Sun. He contributes to PBS MediaShift on U.K. issues.

Mor Naaman is the co-founder and CTO of Mahaya, a platform to organize the social media generated in all the world’s events. He is an assistant professor (currently on leave) at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, where he runs the Social Media Information Lab.

Abe Stanway is a software engineer at Etsy. Previously, he studied Philosophy and Computer Science at Rutgers. He tweets @abestanway and writes love letters to the Internet here.

Highlights from the Show

Intro

1:00: Mark gets addicted to Instagram… finally

2:30: Facebook changes its privacy rules again, adds more mobile ads

4:10: Zucker in at CNN; Yahoo moves away from media business

5:30: Rundown of topics on show

Regulation coming in wake of Leveson report?

6:30: Special guest Tristan Stewart-Robertson

8:40: Tristan: Report is 20 years too late, doesn’t focus on digital press, blogs at all

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Mor Naaman

11:40: Tristan: Self-regulation regime needs to be revamped

13:10: Many U.K. newspapers are pushing digital initiatives

15:00: Prime Minister David Cameron in a pickle

16:40: Couldn’t British publications move overseas if regulation is too strong?

18:20: Tristan: All U.K. journalists shouldn’t be stained by scandal

Mashup of Instagram, Google Earth

19:10: Special guests Mor Naaman and Abe Stanway

21:00: Naaman: Project set up to find out differences between cities in lifestyle

23:40: Stanway: Originally set up with Twitter, but the API was too limited so we went with Instagram

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Abe Stanway

25:45: Naaman: I worked at Yahoo and Flickr was using a lot of geo-location data

28:20: Can The Beat be used by stalkers? Stanway says fears are unfounded

30:00: Naaman: We are concerned about privacy, and think people should think before they post

More Reading

British Press Needs New Regulator, Report Says at NY Times

What you need to know about the just-published Leveson report on phone hacking, press regulation at Poynter

Leveson report published – live coverage at the Guardian

Video: Nick Davies on what the Leveson report means for press regulation at the Guardian

Leveson Inquiry could become one of David Cameron’s greatest regrets at The Independent

The Beat at Rutgers’ Social Media Information Lab

What Happens When You Mash Up Instagram and Google Street View? at The Atlantic

Mug Me Please: Rutgers Mashes Up Instagram and Google Street View at Beta Beat

Instagram and Street View mashup reveals who’s smoking weed and where at The Verve

Jeff Zucker named CNN president at Washington Post

Could Yahoo’s move away from media be AOL’s big chance? at CNET

Poll

Be sure to vote in our weekly poll, this time about what you think about regulating the press in Britain:

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian and fiancee Renee. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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